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August 22 2016

This Newborn Baby Just Received One Million Frequent Flier Miles

David McMillin

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Many road warriors in the convention industry may be proud to hold elite airline status, but a week-old baby girl just jumped to the front of the upgrade list. When the infant was born on-board a Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai to Manila on August 14, the airline awarded the newborn with one million GetGo points. The girl, Haven, was born two months premature, but two nurses happened to be among the passengers.

"We are happy that both mother and daughter are doing well, and would like to commend our flight and cabin crew for handling the situation with utmost professionalism and efficiency. We also express our sincerest gratitude to the two volunteer nurses who helped ensure the baby's safe delivery," Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and CEO, said in a statement.

What’s even more miraculous about the story is the reported ease of the birth. “We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches,” passenger Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote on Facebook. “Luckily, she only had to push ONCE. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms.”

The flight was diverted to Hyderabad, India so the mother and baby could receive proper medical care. When Haven wants to travel in the future, she won’t have to worry about a typical concern of air travel rewards customers; her one million points will never expire.

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